• Team America

  • Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged
  • By: Robert L. O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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From national best-selling author and acclaimed military historian Robert L. O’Connell, a dynamic history of four military leaders whose extraordinary leadership and strategy led the United States to success during World War I and beyond.

By the first half of the 20th century, technology had transformed warfare into a series of intense bloodbaths in which the line between soldiers and civilians was obliterated, resulting in the deaths of 100 million people. During this period, four men exhibited unparalleled military leadership that led the United States victoriously through two World Wars: Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, George Marshall, and Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower; or, as best-selling author Robert O’Connell calls them, Team America.

O’Connell captures these men’s unique charisma as he chronicles the path each forged—from their upbringings to their educational experiences to their storied military careers—experiences that shaped them into majestic leaders who would play major roles in saving the free world and preserving the security of the United States in times of unparalleled danger. O’Connell shows how the lives of these men—all born within the span of a decade—twisted around each other like a giant braid in time. Throughout their careers, they would use each other brilliantly in a series of symbiotic relationships that would hold increasingly greater consequences.

At the end of their star-studded careers (24 out of a possible 25), O’Connell concludes that what set Team America apart was not their ability to wield the proverbial sword, but rather their ability to plot strategy, give orders, and inspire others. The key ingredients to their success was mental agility, a gravitas that masked their intensity, and an almost intuitive understanding of how armies in the millions actually functioned and fought. Without the leadership of these men, O’Connell makes clear, the world we know would be vastly different. 

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dissappinted

While this book may shed some light on historical facts, it takes a decidedly negative view of the people involved. It seems more of a long-winded tear down of historical figures than anything else. It runs down the path of our modern revisionist thinking to villainize the heroes of the past and create a kind of negative attitude in the minds of this present generation, an attitude of the past is a lie, forget about those losers. Truth is all heroes are flawed mortal men and women who in spite of their imperfections, failures, still rose to the challenges before them and accomplished great things, lead great victories to restore peace and freedom to the world. Who rebuilt Europe after the destruction of WW II? it's was the USA. who prevented the USSR from taking over all of Germany after the war? The USA. Are we perfect? Of course not. But we used to celebrate the best in people. This generation only wants to tear them down, focus on the sins, the faults, the short comings. Too bad. It could have been a great book.

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AVOID. Don't waste your credits here.

NOT a serious book. Author has a strange, childish fascination with the puppet/cartoon movie "Team America," and routinely refers back to it, even placing quotes from the movie alongside those from the book's principals. I enjoyed watching that movie, but have never foolishly mistaken it for a yardstick of national leadership.  Couple that with incessant sophomoric sports analogies and you can readily grasp the intellectual level of the book and author.

Nothing new here of any value. Book contains nothing that hasn't already appeared in a slew of secondary sources for many decades.  Factual errors are not difficult to find. There is one new thing I should point out, though - - for many years, serious biographers have accepted the well-known fact of Patton's dyslexia. This guy has decided on his own, without medical evidence, that Patton actually had ADHD instead. A new diagnosis over 120 years since Patton's childhood, determined by someone lacking medical credentials. Take that for what it's worth, along with the remainder of the book. And the author can scarcely mention Patton without working in a direct insult. Why feature the man in a book if you can't discuss him respectfully? Finally, the author's chummy habit of addressing the objects of his book by their first names or nicknames only gets increasingly annoying. Occasional attempts at analysis are generally shallow, facile, and largely irrelevant.

The reader does a good job with the material given him, though he likes to put on phony accents when reading quotes.

NOT recommended. Look elsewhere for serious works of history.

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Outstanding

Very well-done, especially given it ambitiously tries to cover three icons. Only complaint is there may be a little to much emphasis on their sex lives. Disregard the review that implies it is somehow negative about them and the USA. It is very balanced. A good history doesn't require "The Star-Spangled Banner" playing in the background. Well worth a credit.

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Well told modern take on giants

Page turner even when you think you know the stories. Great read or listen.